Customize Your Related Post Links With Your Own Custom Offers – WP BoostPress Review

February 13, 2013 · 36 comments

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Customize Your Related Post Links With Your Own Custom Offers – WP BoostPress Review

wordpress logoEasily Decrease Bounce Rates 
While Increasing Sales! 

WordPress related post plugins are a fantastic way to not only decrease bounce rate but to improve interlinking (SEO) for your blog posts…

However, if you’re like most bloggers who are monetizing your site, you’ve often wondered whether there was a way we could put our OWN carefully picked items into those handy and stylish little boxes! 

If you’ve looked through the WordPress repository of free plugins you’ve certainly come up empty handed as the features just have not existed… 

Until now… 

Meet WP BoostPress!

Rather than explain it, it’s probably best to SHOW you what it looks like!

WP-BoostPress-Review-1Beautiful right? 

Well… sometimes!

When I first saw this plugin I was eager to get my hands on it to do a review for you as I thought it would be the cat’s meow!  After being unable to get a reply from the developer for a review copy, I purchased a license and dug right in. 

The first thing I noticed was that “all” you get is a zip file. No manual, no instructions, no kiss on the cheek.  Just the plugin. Alrighty….

I also noticed, after installing the plugin that it has an identity crisis and in the dashboard calls itself Wp SuperPress. Oh well I’ve seen crazier things. Where is the settings page. Oh wait, there isn’t one… okay… stumble over to the post editor page… 

In the post editor, right under the writing box, you’ll see the important fields for “SuperPress” (I told you it is confused about it’s identity!)  Trust me when I say you can’t miss it because it’s a HUGE box that is probably much bigger than it needs to be. 

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This actually works as expected. You will have “Related Content” 1-4 and each can either “Autodetect” (which grabs a related post) or it can use “Autodetect Off” which enables you to manually add the Title, URL and Image. 

The Upload button works great for uploading but not so great for using images already in your media library. Fortunately, you can easily copy and paste an existing media image URL into the image box. Piece of cake there.  

Pop stuff in (or let them default), save draft, hit preview… and take a look! 

And… 

It’s either going to look great or terrible depending on whether your content column is standard width (narrowish) or has been widened out like mine has. 

For me, by default, there was an odd about of extra space on the right due to my content width and it did not center and did not look good. I made some faces and decided to go try to change its settings. Oh wait, it didn’t have any. 

Okay, off to add a little custom CSS to my themes custom css file to override the appearance.  But it continued to ignore my code. WTF?

WP-BoostPress-Review-2The plugin has all of it’s CSS done as “inline” which is an old sub-optimal method and something I didn’t expect to run into!

Eventually some “!important” CSS tags gave me a work-around to get the effect you see in the screenshot – but it was a lot more time invested than I wanted to spend!

In case you need it, let me save you some time and give you my custom CSS. (The height setting is because I tend to make overly long post titles, my fault!)

WP-BoostPress-Review-4Then after getting ready to leave the developer some feedback on the WSO thread, I saw someone mention using it on pages. It wasn’t running on pages was it? Oh yes… it was… without permission. 

If you have a pretty “regular” blog where you do not do interesting things with your Pages and do not use them as a CMS and do not use them to make squeeze pages… this is fine.

However, if, like me, your pages often double as sales/squeeze pages… this is a huge annoyance.  And there is no settings page to disable it. 

This may be a non-issue for you (it likely is) but for me it’s an aggravation.  So lets fix it: 

In your dashboard, under plugins, editor… select “WP SuperPress” and then locate the /content.php file.  If you don’t know how to do this. I’d suggest great caution. 
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And now WP BoostPress shows on posts and not pages… fixed!

Whew! Are you tired yet? 

WP BoostPress/SuperPress Review

I think this is a HOT idea that is very much needed… an an implementation that is about a Beta version 0.8 rather than a Ready-For-Sale 1.0 release.

However, the truth is that it’s being released as a WSO and it’s super cheap ($10 at the moment) and it does what it says on the label.

I have zero doubt that if the developer continues work on this, it’s going to be a $97 plugin before the middle of the year. It immediately needs a version 1.1 to get the css out of being “inline” but it also needs a settings panel added and several on/off options included by version 1.2

It needs work (lots of work) but there is so much potential here that I’m certain you can see why I picked it up.  

Something that is neat is that if you could set the “blurb” that goes above it, you could easily use it as a “Products I Recommend” feature box in ADDITION to a regular related post plugin.  Something to think about and perhaps an easy way to increase monetization for affiliates! 

I’m going to give this a 3 star (of 5 star) rating due to both potential and problems: star-icon12star-icon12star-icon12

You can check out WP BoostPress here!

Let me know what you think!

So you use a related post plugin that lets you specify the outbound links? Do you think something like this might be useful in your business?

~ Kim ~
Simple Tech Tips For Marketing 

PS: If I decided to keep it (looking likely), I’ll be removing the YARRP based ones below but yes for the moment I know I have duplication. 

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36 comments
Steve Schmidt
Steve Schmidt

I actually came here from the WSO. This is great advise for the users, and the programmer. It looks like your blog is packed with all kinds of goodies. Thank you Kim, I'm off to check it all out.

Christin
Christin

Hello Kim, thanks for the review.

I think this can be very useful, for example when you have multiple niche sites or want to promote websites from others. Kind off like Outbrain does right?

I was wondering, are there any other plugins like this? And have you got hold of the updated version of Jan?

Jan Roos
Jan Roos

Hi Kim. Thanks for the review. I am in the process of getting the plugin updated and will be sending the new version to all buyers via email when it's done. Appreciate the constructive criticism.

Regards,

Jan

Dan
Dan

I enjoyed reading your article and finding out useful information about this plug-in. You described very well how to install it and make it do what you want. Furthermore, it is not for everybody. Some will love it, some will decide not to use it. Thanks for a great article!

Gregory Bowen
Gregory Bowen

Thank you Kim for this review....Although far beyond my understanding...(I used to give my finger the free ride back while dialing a rotary phone)....It still interests me.....I did learn a little and will be looking at your Blog often to pick-up more tips.....Thanks again

Steven Hughes
Steven Hughes

Probably worth the gamble for 10 bucks if you can code a bit. Like you said, full of potential. Thanks for sharing Kim.

justin
justin

Hi Kim,

I had a related posts plugin on my site a year ago but I removed it because I thought it just cluttered my page. I was thinking about manually adding related posts on the bottom of new posts even though I know it is time consuming.

However I do like the boost press plugin because it adds pics with the post url. Maybe I will install this plugin. :)

Nile
Nile

If the developer does not within a month, let me see a whole copy of it and I will move the css, clean it up, and release it.

Lydia Brown
Lydia Brown

Love the idea Kim however soon as I saw the coding my heart began to flutter. You explain it with clarity as usual. Perhaps one day I will have the heart to give it a try. I like the way it looks under your post.

DiTesco
DiTesco

OK Kim.. You got me hooked. I just purchased the plugin :) in the hopes that Jan will listen to your suggestions and release an upgrade soon enough. I agree with you, this is a hot idea and unless I am wrong, can probably increase conversion a lot better than other alternatives.. Good one!

Julieanne van Zyl
Julieanne van Zyl

Extremely helpful review Kim! Looks like it has the potential to be a very good plugin. I like the way you can choose to display your little sales advert OR your related posts. A lot of coding work though, I'm sure it will improve!

Holly
Holly

Hey Kim! I think its way beyond me!! However I know a special someone who will help me out, if and when I need to know more about it!! You asked 'tired yet'... at that point it was just exhausted trying to follow and understand!! LOL so one day it may be for me, until now, I will just read about it from you!! ( way beyond me!!) But I love reading what you are up to!

babanature
babanature

awesome... This is a all in one plugin which make it awesome. but what if i already have a commentluv plugin, won't it clash?

Osho Garg
Osho Garg

great review, Kim. But I have never used it before & I have little knowledge on CSS. I am afraid to use it. Lets see I'll try in future

Sire
Sire

I personally think it's a great idea but I wouldn't buy it unless all the bugs were ironed out because I haven't the time to use my hit and miss regime, which is how I resolve issues :D, to get it to work.

Jens P. Berget
Jens P. Berget

Great review Kim. I have never thought about adding affiliate offers in my related posts. I can see how this can be effective, on the other hand, I can also see how this can be a problem (especially for long time readers).

marquita herald
marquita herald

Hum - okay, totally agree it's a terrific concept. Problem is my eyes started to flutter as soon as I saw "CSS"come up. It's not something I'd invest time on at this point, but I have made a note of the plugin and will be interested to see how it evolves.

nick catricala
nick catricala

Kim, I know you are trying very hard to get me to learn all this stuff... and today I will make things clear... I wont :-0 Well, correction, I would LIKE to but as you already know me, I may need a couple of years to learn just what you clearly explained here.. so by the time I learn, is not worth knowing anymore haha :-)

Anyway, thanks for another try... nice try, but again it did not work...

Look forward for an easy one soon...

All the best.

nickc

Troy
Troy

Kim,

glad we have you as an instruction manual since the program doesn't come with one! This looks like a good tool with some real potential, I'll be looking forward to hearing some updates from you at some point!

Alan Jenkin
Alan Jenkin

Thanks for this review, Kim. I have acquired a number of plugins from WSO in the past, and some of them have been very useful, but others I have abandoned as being not worth the trouble they caused.

Thank you for saving me from another one I would rather avoid :)

Alan

Chery Schmidt
Chery Schmidt

Wow Kim! How do you learn all this stuff? I love the idea but there is NO WAY I would ever attempt to even start to pull this off. "CSS" "WHAT?" I will say Kim I am always learning something new when I visit here.. Keep up the Great work..Thanks for sharing. Chery :)

Steve Borgman
Steve Borgman

Kimberly, thanks for your honest review. It looks like a great idea, but I'm going to pass until they tweak it more, based on your advice. I'd rather have something that's as user friendly as I am CSS ignorant :) Overall, it's a great idea.

Jon
Jon

I also like your candid critique and like others am also wary of WSO's but fortunately have a couple of more experienced programmers to refer to for their thoughts on any new plugins. As you say this one has potential but definitely needs more work.

Paul Lee
Paul Lee

Neat little product to monetize a site. I am a bit surprised that a product with such potential would not come with simple instructions. That in itself may even improve product's popularity. Maybe on their next release they can add the, "And now with easy instructions from Kim!" tagline. Seriously, those developers need to reach out to you.

Jacqueline Waters
Jacqueline Waters

Kim,

I always appreciate your candid honest reviews on products.

I have to agree with Clay though. My internet connection is less than optimal at the moment so I am viewing your site on my smartphone. It took longer than usual to load, so you may want to test that and see how big the difference is with and without the plug in.

I do like the idea of being able to choose what posts to display. It seems like they could tweak the YAARP plug in to function in the same manner too though. Lets hope that they do update this new plug in for the masses. I know many people use Wordpress because they don't know or even care to know how to do any type of coding. I think WP developers should ALWAYS keep the difficulty of use score way in the "easy button" range rather than the "Its great if you know how to tweek the code" range.

Thanks again for your thoughtful review.

~Jacqueline

Clay Franklin
Clay Franklin

Thank you for the review Kim.

It is a great idea, but I wonder how it affects page load time with the CSS in the HTML. No dashboard seems like messing with the PHP files. OMG when I killed my site messing the the Thesis Custom.php it scared the #%{^% out of me. A quick FTP fix though. :-)

It looks nice and the little ad boxes are appealing and make you want to click them.

Clay

Danielle
Danielle

Kim, I was just looking at this plugin last night. It's similar to a plugin I have called "WordNik" which was free in the WP.org directory. It is supposed to be customizable but I haven't figured out how to customize it myself.

Here it is 'in action' on one of my sites:

http://thepioneeringparent.com/survival-gifts-for-kids-for-the-holidays

It's right under the hydroponics book and is titled "Recommended for you"

Richard Goutal
Richard Goutal

I love your "no-holding back" reviews.

I am wary of plugins sold as WSOs to begin with as I worry about long-term support when it comes to compatibility with the changing needs of WP and security issues. Not having any idea about css, I am not going to be able to solve my own problems, that's for sure.

I know a lot of these products were first in the imagination of a good marketer, probably like this one, but then sent off to a developer. The question then is whether the marketer knows enough about coding to know the difference between "sub optimal coding" and best practice coding. Or to know how to find a developer who does.

So I don't know if I have the same confidence that you do that this will be improved. I am willing to spend more for something I feel confident about then to "try" something new, no matter how alluring, when it may be substandard. And in this case, you have confirmed the situation... so I'll wait and see. :-)

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Why thank you for your kind words Steve, I appreciate you dropping in. I'm enjoying BoostPress so it's likely you will too :)

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Hey Christian, I've still not seen a serious update for this plugin come through from Jan. I know he's aware of my post but I suspect this is not priority for him unfortunately.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

My pleasure Jan. It's a great plugin in theory and so much more yet you can do with it. I look forward to seeing you take this forward because the market remains very hungry for this to be stable and agile!

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

This plugin has nothing to do with the things commentluv does, so no, there will be no clash. In fact I use both.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

LOL! Sire I totally understand! I'm sure though that we will either see an updated version of this that actually works consistently or someone will steal the idea and make it awesome. There's too much potential here not to do so!

Kim

Christian
Christian

Aha ok thanks, a pitty because I think it can grow big time :).

Sire
Sire

I'm sure you're right Kim. I think it's a big ask to expect a plugin to work flawlessly with every theme, and then there is always the issue with conflicts with other plugins.